Category Archives: Home Library Service

Theatre in the library

Elaine chats with Home Library Service users, Pimlico Library, December 2016Members of the Home Library Service, together with children from Pimlico Academy, enjoyed ‘A Christmas Carol’ performed by Librarian Theatre at Pimlico Library recently. It was a truly professional show – costumes, lighting, props, sound effects – all in the children’s library!

Afternoon tea after the performance was an opportunity to socialise too. Thanks to all the library staff for their help.

“Lovely to see the children and their interaction with the actors.”

“I found the Tiny Tim scene very emotional!”

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Dress rehearsal

Some Home Library Service members were the guests at a dress rehearsal at Church Street Library last week of Impro for Elders, before their actual performances this week (tonight and tomorrow!) at the Cockpit Theatre. Impro for Elders is directed by the award winning Improbable Theatre and funded by Arts Council England and Create Church Street.

Impro for Elders dress rehearsal, Church Street Library November 2016

The improvisation performances by local people who had been meeting for only a few weeks were emotional, funny and imaginative. The HLS members were able to provide valuable feedback to the performers, which hopefully will add to their performances!

Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to attend a local cultural theatrical event:

“I was moved by the stories and enjoyed the humour”

“If I had been younger and more steady on my feet this is something I would have really enjoyed participating in”

“Such imagination!”

Members of HLS attend the Impro for Elders dress rehearsal, November 2016  Members of HLS attend the Impro for Elders dress rehearsal, November 2016

[Elaine]

From Summertime in Venice to Autumn in St John’s Wood

A musical lunch was held at St John’s Wood Library on Silver Sunday for members of the Home Library Service, along with other local residents.

Barrie spins the discs at the HLS Musical Lunch at St John's Wood Library for Silver Sunday 2016

From vinyl to digital: our resident vinyl expert and HLS staff member Barrie played vocalists from the past, from the well known Frank Sinatra to the lesser known Jerry Vale (“Summertime in Venice”). We then experimented with listening to music via the internet on our libraries’ tablets.


Silver Sunday“Fascinating old records and played like a professional DJ”

“Many thanks, it has made a great difference to my life, coming out to an event”

“Thank you for your imaginative organisation”


HLS Musical Lunch at St John's Wood Library for Silver Sunday 2016

[Elaine]

Spring again

Recently the Home Library Service held its second ‘Spring into Spring’ health and information morning, this time at Pimlico Library (see previous event details).

HLS Spring into Spring event at Pimlico Library

On offer was the chance to sample hand massage, chair yoga (above), laptops and tablets (below), as well as a chance to talk individually to representatives from Open Age, the Health Improvement and Falls Prevention teams and the council’s Environment Team.

HLS Spring into Spring event at Pimlico Library HLS Spring into Spring event at Pimlico Library

We even had two new recruits sign up to borrow a laptop from the Westminster’s Council’s Community Computers Scheme!

HLS Spring into Spring event at Pimlico Library

There was a wealth of library, council and health information leaflets to take away as a reminder of new things learnt.

“Helpful and entertaining”

“Thank you for a wonderful day out”

[Elaine]

Spring into Spring

On a suitably sunny spring morning the Home Library Service held a ‘Spring into Spring’ event at Church Street Library for its members.

HLS Spring into Spring event at Church Street Library

There were guest speakers and demonstrations on:

  • falls prevention
  • keeping safe in the home
  • chair exercise
  • hand massage

HLS Spring into Spring event at Church Street LibraryThere was also the opportunity to use laptops and tablets to find out how to access library and council information online, and to get to grips with downloading free e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines from the library.

Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to find out useful information,(including transport options in Westminster) and to try something new. The chance to chat over a bite to eat was welcome as it is not easy for Home Library Service members to get out and about. New friends were made, phone numbers exchanged and members left with lots of information and new opportunities!

HLS Spring into Spring event at Church Street Library

“Thank you for a delightful day full of exciting information”

“ We learnt many useful tips about various areas where help is available…”

“ Lovely… good company… most helpful with email and using my tablet…”

“Please could we have more events like this – I feel 20 years younger being brought out to this sort of thing!”

The Home Library Service will hold its next Spring into Spring event at Pimlico Library on 21 April.

[Elaine]

Let’s talk about books

Book Talk recently planned its programme for this year. What’s Book Talk?
It’s our telephone-based reading group for the housebound residents of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. Among the titles to be discussed at the monthly meet-up over the phone are:

Queen Camilla by Sue Townsend Shakespeare by Bill Bryson Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale  The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson Margot at War by Anne de Courcy The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Ten Days by Gillian SlovoThe selection is a great mixture of fiction and non-fiction, and includes Shakespeare by Bill Bryson in this 400th anniversary year. We’ll also be joining many other reading groups, right across London, in reading the Cityread London book – Gillian Slovo’s Ten Days – in April.
Next on the schedule though is February’s title, Queen Camilla by Sue Townsend.

If you’d like to find out more about Book Talk, get in touch. Here’s what a couple of group members think:

“It’s a challenge to read something I wouldn’t normally try.”

“People aren’t interested in other people in London. But at least we have one another to talk to about the books.”

[Elaine]

Crime at Christmas…

Crime@Christmas was the title of the Home Library Service’s light hearted event to celebrate Agatha Christie’s 125th anniversary.

Crime@Christmas - Agatha Christie themed event with the Home Library Service, December 2015

Our largest ever gatherings of members of the Home Library Service (plus local residents) – at Pimlico Library in early December and again at Church Street Library last week – enjoyed two short plays, specially written for the events,  performed by AWL on a ‘whodunnit’ Agatha Christie theme.

We had to make room in the bookshelves for the gun to be found in ‘Murder in the Library’(!), and ‘The Armchair Murder’, complete with Agatha Christie references, kept everyone guessing. Our actors (Joan Blackham and Peter Saracen) and playwrights (Wally Sewell and Sally Sheringham) then gamely faced our audience for a question and answer session which covered topics such as how to get into writing plays and the careers/jobs of the actors.

Crime@Christmas - Agatha Christie themed event with the Home Library Service, December 2015

A tricky Agatha Christie quiz  (eg: how many murders did Miss Marple solve? Was it: 3, 36, 47 or 102?*) and suitably festive fare rounded off the day.

Our members were hugely appreciative of the opportunity to come out  transport provided) and watch a live performance. Some comments:

Crime@Christmas - Agatha Christie themed event with the Home Library Service, December 2015“A very entertaining day”

“Enjoyed the opportunity to talk to the actors after the performance”

“Would love more events like this please”

[Elaine]


* It was 47